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Hay River is still dealing with the aftermath of a March 15 fire on the 11th floor of the Mackenzie Place apartment building. No residents are currently living in the structure and it is uncertain when they may return. NNSL file photo

Owner plans to reopen fire-damaged highrise in Hay River

The owner of the Mackenzie Place highrise – damaged by a fire on March 15 and now empty of tenants as a result – says he plans to repair and reopen the building. “We’re starting to repair it already,” said Harry Satdeo in a March 23 telephone interview with The Hay River Hub from his...
Almost no smoke could be seen on March 22 from the fire at the Hay River landfill site. However, efforts continued to completely put out the fire that was first noticed on March 3. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Dump fire almost out in Hay River

The battle appears to be almost won to put out a fire at the Hay River landfill site. “We’re hoping we’re seeing the end of the tunnel here,” said Deputy-Mayor Robert Bouchard, the spokesperson on the fire for the Town of Hay River, on March 22. “We’re starting to put out some of the spot...
A fire broke out in an apartment on the 11th floor of Hay River's Mackenzie Place - commonly referred to as the highrise - on the afternoon of March 15. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

125 people displaced by fire at the highrise in Hay River

The 125 residents of the highrise that caught fire in Hay River on Friday will have to wait until March 20, and possibly longer, before they can return to their homes. At a March 16 information meeting for evacuees, assistant fire Marshal Travis Wright told residents that they could not be allowed back into their...
Firefighters, excavators and water trucks battle a fire at the landfill in Hay River on the morning of March 11. The fire, which had been smouldering for almost a week, flared up on March 9. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River declares state of emergency over dump fire

An emergency has been declared in Hay River after a smouldering fire at the dump flared up on March 9. The Town of Hay River declared the local state of emergency at 3 p.m. on March 10. The Hay River Fire Department had been managing a subsurface fire at the landfill since March 3, before...

Fire Marshall investigating after early morning fire

The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating after an early morning fire at Gold City Court. The City of Yellowknife Fire Division (YKFD) was dispatched to 11 Gold City Court at 1:08 a.m. this morning after receiving multiple calls about a vehicle fire. A full group alert requesting off-duty personnel was initiated when the department...
The aftermath of the Rockhill fire earlier this year. Residents of the destroyed building are now questioning where money raised to help them have gone. Dylan Short/NNSL photo

YWCA searching for new building, funding after fire

The YWCA NWT is still recovering after a fire decimated Rockhill Apartments containing its transitional housing facility and offices on October 2. Last week, Yellowknifer reported on the claims of former Rockhill residents who said they hadn’t received adequate help from the YWCA after the fire. Alayna Ward, director of community relations for the YWCA,...

Man calls for better cleanup after fire

A Yellowknife man is calling for the owner of a Franklin Avenue property destroyed by a summer fire to do a better cleanup on the remains of the building. An overnight fire on June 11 burnt down an abandoned heritage house owned by Yellowknife property developer Ray Decorby, president of Polar Developments. Yellowknife resident Simon...
Rockhill Apartments englufed in flames. Dylan Short/NNSL

YWCA receives more than $195,000 in donations after Rockhill fire

The YWCA  NWT has received $195,100 in donations following the Oct. 2 fire that destroyed the company’s headquarters and displaced 33 families in Rockhill Apartments. “The outpouring of support from the community has been incredible and everyone has really rallied around the YWCA to help us make sure families are safe, secure, and have the...

Fire destroys Inuvik ambulance base, investigation of cause underway

A fire broke out at the Inuvik ambulance base shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday Jan. 20. No crews were on site at the time of the fire, according to Sean Ivens, president and CEO of Advanced Medical Solutions Inc. (AMS), the company that operates ambulances in Inuvik. Twenty-two firefighters arrived on the scene around 1:30...